“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

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I'm Ashley. I'm a wine drinker, bookworm, and expat in Africa. Since college I've au paired in Paris, backpacked Europe, Asia, and India for a year, and lived in Colorado. Read more on my About Me page.

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Lunch at The Rock Restaurant on Zanzibar

Normally I wouldn't dedicate an entire post to a restaurant. (Okay wait, maybe that's a lie.) But having lunch at the Rock Restaurant on Zanzibar was one of the most unique dining experiences I've ever had. For those who have been living under a rock (uh sorry, dad...

Life in Uganda: Months 5&6

So I've decided to resume my monthly recaps! My recaps will cover the highs and lows of living in Uganda, as well as recap where I'm traveling and what I'm reading. I've also decided to change the title of this series as it's looking like I won't be moving to Kenya –...

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Musings

Practicing Gratitude Wherever You Go

I've been back from Asia for a month now, living at my parent's house in Michigan. I am by far the happiest I've ever been at home. Readjusting last time after a long spell abroad was more difficult- I felt listless, bored and irritated with the return of bad habits...

A Big 2014: Goals for the New Year

Wow, 2013. What a year. To be honest this resolution post has changed so many times I wasn't even sure I should publish it. So many things I thought I wanted to achieve: becoming a certified translator, attaining professional fluency in French, moving to San...

What I Miss (and Don't Miss) about Living in France

Ah, France. The country that I called home for nearly a year. The land I tearfully left almost four months ago. There was so much about living in France that was lovely; I particularly miss all the French goodies that are difficult to procure here in Asia, like wine,...